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For Immediate Release
June 12, 2003
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
ADR PROGRAM RESOLVES CASES
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is making public four additional cases resolved in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. This brings to 65 the total number of cases released thus far. The program’s goal is to expedite resolution of some enforcement matters, reduce the cost of processing complaints, and enhance overall FEC enforcement. Closed ADR negotiated settlement summaries are available in the FEC’s Press and Public Records offices.

For a case to be considered for ADR treatment, a respondent must express willingness to engage in the ADR process, agree to set aside the statute of limitations while the case is pending in the ADR Office, and agree to participate in bilateral negotiations and, if necessary, mediation.

Bilateral negotiations through ADR are oriented toward reaching an expedient resolution with a mutually agreeable settlement that is both satisfying to the respondent(s) and in compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). Resolutions reached through direct and, when necessary, mediated negotiations are submitted to the Commissioners for final approval. If a resolution is not reached in bilateral negotiation, the case proceeds by mutual agreement to mediation. It should be noted that cases resolved through ADR are not precedential.

 

1. ADR 079
RESPONDENTS: Bexar County Democratic Party, Art A. Hall, treasurer
SOURCE: FEC Initiated
SUBJECT: Failure to continuously disclose debts; misreporting cash-on-hand balance
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: Respondents agree to work with RAD staff and file all amended reports as required; appoint committee staff person to serve as compliance officer; and have the compliance officer develop a manual on reporting requirements.
2. ADR 080
RESPONDENT: Transcore Holding, Inc.
SOURCE: Pre-MUR 407: Sua sponte
SUBJECT: Failure to register and report; excessive contributions; corporate contribution/contribution in the name of another
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: $1,500 civil penalty

Respondent agrees to adopt and distribute to corporate officers and appropriate personnel a corporate policy advising any officer or director of the corporation that they are prohibited from consenting to any contribution or expenditure by the corporation to an election campaign. They will select an appropriate committee designee to attend FEC sponsored workshop within 12 months of the effective date of this agreement.

3. ADR 091
RESPONDENTS: Ashcroft 2000 Commiittee, Garrett Lott, treasurer
SOURCE: MUR 5298; William O’Malley
SUBJECT: Failure to continuously disclose disputed debt
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: $1,000 civil penalty

Respondent will file amended reports reflecting the disputed debt from the time of the occurrence to the present, and continue filing until the disputed debt is resolved.

4. ADR 092
RESPONDENTS: 21st Century Democrats, Michael Lux, treasurer
SOURCE: MUR 5308: Rusty Hills
SUBJECT: Failure to register; excessive contribution
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: The Alternative Dispute Resolution Office concludes that the alleged violations of the FECA, in this matter are unsubstantiated. The Commission agrees to dismiss this matter.

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